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Applying Principles of Neuroscience to Support Greater Safety and Co-Regulation in Long Term Committed Relationships: A Psycho-biological Approach to Couples Therapy

A conversation with Stan Tatkin, founder of the PACT Institute, about a neuroscience-informed approach to working with couples. Dr. Tatkin discusses both theoretical foundations of his approach, as well as practical strategies for applying the model with couples. For more on Stan, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit

Duration: 00:45:14

Culture, Diversity, and Spirituality in Counseling: A Conversation with Amanda Giordano and Elizabeth Prosek

A conversation with Amanda Giordano and Elizabeth Posek on how counselors can apply the Multicultural and Social Justice Competencies to address religious and spiritual diversity with our clients as well as address our own internal biases that inhibit our ability to take our client's religious and spiritual lives seriously in counseling. For more about Amanda and Elizabeth, links for this episode, and the APA citation visit

Duration: 01:17:19

Integrated Care - Part 2: Models, Ethics, and Spirituality with Russ Curtis

Our conversation with Dr. Russ Curtis continues as we discuss models of integrated care, ethical concerns, what it looks like to incorporate spirituality in an integrated care setting. For more about Russ, links from this episode, and the APA citation for this episode visit

Duration: 00:48:16

Integrated Care - Part 1: Foundations, Effectiveness, and Predictions for the Future with Russ Curtis

A conversation with Dr. Russ Curtis on the nuts and bolts of integrated care for behavioral health professionals For more about Russ, links from the episode, and the APA citation for this episode visit

Duration: 00:47:25

Great Sex: Mapping Sexual Desire with Amelie Zurn

In Episode 3 of the Sex Series, Dr. Megan Speciale interviews sex educator and licensed clinical social worker Amelie Zurn-Galinsky on the use of desire mapping as a reflective process of sexual self-discovery for counselors, clients, and everyone in between. In the conversation, we discuss common barriers to desire and sexual satisfaction, tools for supporting clients delve into the sexual unknown, and the importance of taking care of the self-as-counselor in our own pursuits toward sexual...

Duration: 00:54:18

Conceptualizing the Mental Health Needs of Gifted & High-Ability Children and Teens: A Conversation with Emily Kircher-Morris

A converation with Emily Kircher-Morris - LPC and owner of Unlimited Potential Counseling & Education Center - on addressing the specific needs of gifted, high-ability, and twice-exceptional children and teens. For more about Emily and the APA citation for this episode visit

Duration: 00:45:44

Group Counseling in Private Practice: Advantages, Challenges, and Where to Start with Kevin Doyle

A conversation with Dr. Kevin Doyle about the neglected modality of group counseling in private practice, the advantages and challenges to getting a group started, and resources for counselors interested brings groups to their private practice. For more about Kevin, a link to the article we talk about, and the APA citation for this episode visit

Duration: 00:41:43

Rules Versus Relationships: How Ethical Codes Can Help Counselors CYA, Yet Neglect the Client with Pamela J. Birrell

A conversation with Dr. Pamela J. Birrell - retired Senior Instructor at the University of Oregon - on the importance of using Relational Ethics to make each moment with clients an ethical moment. For more about Pamela, links from the converation, and the APA citation for this episode visit

Duration: 00:36:05

Eco-Therapy: The Healing Potential of Nature in Counseling with Megan Delaney

A conversation with Dr. Megan Delaney - Assistant Professor in the Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University (MU) in Long Branch, New Jersey - on the art and science of using nature in counseling. Dr. Megan Delaney has a PhD in Counselor Education from Montclair State University (MSU) and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University (MU) in Long Branch, New Jersey. Her research explores the influence of natural...

Duration: 00:48:28

Neuroscience and Humanistic Counseling Values: A Critical Look at the Integration of Neuroscience in Counseling with Brett Wilkinson

A conversation with Dr. Brett Wilkinson about the intersections of humanism and neuroscience with implications for counseling practice. Dr. Brett Wilkinson is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education. He obtained a B.A. in both psychology and philosophy from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University. He earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Northern Colorado, where he was awarded the...

Duration: 00:53:40

Recast - The Quarter-Life Crisis: Taking Seriously the Needs of Millennials with Cyrus Williams

In the last recast of the summer, we revisit a conversation with Dr. Cyrus Williams, associate professor at Regent University, about how the “Quarter-Life Crisis” affects millennials and how counselors can best understand and address the needs of this population. Dr. William’s refers to the following resources in the interview: The Quarter-Life Crisis Counseling Today Article You Can contact Dr. Williams at For the APA citation for this episode visit...

Duration: 00:43:39

Recast - Stigma, Strengths, and Walking It Off: A Conversation on Counseling and Men with George Hu

In this recast, we revisit a conversation with Dr. George Hu – a clinical psychologist and Director of Psychology and Mental Health at Jiahui International Clinic in Shanghai – about the stigmas around counseling for men, common presenting concerns, and strategies to build a strong alliance with your male clients. You can email George at or view his profile at For the APA citation to this episode visit...

Duration: 00:39:06

Recast - African American Mental Health, Spirituality, and the Black Church: A Conversation with Janeé R. Avent

As Mike contintues to be on break, in this recast episode we revisit a conversation with Dr. Janeé R. Avent - assistant professor in the counselor education program at East Carolina University - on African American mental health, the need for counselors to understand African American spirituality and the influence of the Black church, and general best practices for counseling and advocacy with our African American clients. An article in The Professional Counselor by Janeé called The...

Duration: 00:52:22

Recast - Pump Up the Jams: The Power of Music in Counseling with Courtney Armstrong

In this "recast" we revisit an episode with Courtney Armstrong on the art and science of using music in counseling. Visit Courtney’s website at Check out Courtney's books: Transforming Trauma Grief and The Therapeutic “Aha:” 10 Strategies to Help Your Client Get Unstuck For the APA citation for this episode visit

Duration: 00:44:31

Discovering Your Conscious Sexual Self with Melissa Fritchle

In Episode 2 of Sex Series, Dr. Megan Speciale interviews sex therapist and educator, Melissa Fritchle, on the her new book, The Conscious Sexual Self Workbook. In the interview, we learn the importance of understanding our sexual stories in the pursuit of both clinical effectiveness and personal sexual satisfaction. You can learn more about Melissa Fritchle and the The Conscious Sexual Self Workbook at the sites below: - -...

Duration: 00:58:38

Working with Anxiety in School-Aged Youth: Neuroplasticity, Optimizing Stress, and Emotional Freedom Techniques with Amy Gaesser

A conversation with Dr. Amy Gaesser - Assistant Professor Counseling & Development at Purdue University in Indiana - on the effects of anxiety on school-aged youth and adolescents, finding the right balance between no stress and too much stress, and how to use EFT (emotional freedom techniques) to reduce student anxiety in school settings. Dr. Gaesser is currently an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Development at Purdue University. She received her PhD in Educational Psychology:...

Duration: 00:47:19

From Sexual Attraction to Social Media: How Sharing Our Stories with Students Models Ethical Decision Making with Barbara J. Herlihy

A conversation with Dr. Barbara Herlihy, Professor Emerita at the University of New Orleans and Chair of the American Counseling Association's Ethics Committee on how things have changed in ethics and best practices in counseling over the past 30 years. Barbara Herlihy, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is University Research Professor at the University of New Orleans. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and her M.Ed. in Counseling from Miami University. She has...

Duration: 00:47:18

Human Sex Trafficking in America: A Primer for Counselors with Stacey Diane A. Litam

A conversation with Stacey Diane A. Litam on the reality and nature of human sex trafficking in the United States and what counselors need to know. Stacey Diane A. Litam, M.A., LPC, NCC is a doctoral candidate in Kent State University’s Counselor Education and Supervision program and adjunct faculty at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. Stacey’s dissertation examines the influence of gender and discourse on counselors’ reported levels of empathy and acceptance of rape myths when...

Duration: 00:30:11

Neuroscience-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (nCBT): A New Framework for Client Conceptualization and Treatment Planning with Eric Beeson and Thom Field

A conversation with Drs. Eric Beeson and Thom Field on integrating cutting-edge findings in neuroscience with cognitive behavioral therapy. Eric Beeson is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in North Carolina and West Virginia, a national certified counselor (NCC) with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), an approved clinical supervisor (ACS) with the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE), and a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) with the Commission on...

Duration: 01:02:23

Recast - Strength-Based Counseling in a Symptom-Based World: A Conversation with Thomas Hofmann

In this "recast" we revisit an earlier episode with Dr. Tom Hofmann about navigating strength-based approaches to counseling in an environment dominated by symptoms and diagnosis Tom's bio: In 2003, Dr. Thomas Hofmann joined the faculty at Hodges University, teaching in the areas of psychology and clinical mental health. As a full-time psychotherapist, he spent 15 years working in various settings, including inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol, and mental health. He also spent five...

Duration: 00:35:45

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